From pillows to bags, art quilts to journals, explore the range of sewing projects that The Art of Whimsical Stitching provides! Mixed-media artist, Joanne Sharpe, shares her favourite methods of stitching so that you can feel inspired by the endless patterns and techniques.
Whether you’re a seasoned stitcher or just starting out, this guide will walk you through the details of sewing so that you can learn and apply your practices. With more than a dozen techniques, you will end up with a collection of funky and fun artwork. Your artistic repertoire will grow greatly as you tackle different ideas – collage, stencilling, free-motion stitching, fused appliqué lettering and hand embroidery are just some of the techniques you will learn.
This book features:
- Step-by-step instructions and images
- More than a dozen stitching techniques
- Functional and imaginative projects
Have fun with paints, markers and dyes and don’t be scared to incorporate your own designs into the patterns. This book easily allows for self-growth and you will be surprised by the enjoyment that comes with mixed-media work.$39.99
This beautiful book will inspire and encourage you to try this exciting technique and create your own exquisite designs. Features include:
- Practical advice on working with threads, as well as how to stretch and prepare fabrics
- Over 900 photographs to guide you through a wide range of decorative and raised stitches
- Detailed instructions on combining stumpwork with a range of other techniques to create unique designs
- 10 projects show how to use the stitches in designs, including stumpwork human figures
Reprinted at last, this book is packed with ideas and techniques that will appeal not only to embroidery enthusiasts, but to all crafters. Included throughout are innovative ideas for combining ribbon embroidery and stumpwork with other crafts to create unique and special projects. The magnificent sampler includes 60 different elements: flowers and creatures from all over the world, many of them never embroidered before.
With step by step instructions are accompanied by clear photographs, this lavishly illustrated book is an ideal learning tool for beginner embroiderers, yet offers more advanced embroiderers several new and exciting techniques. No creative embroiderer will want to be without this truly beautiful book.$39.99
Dive into Laura’s delightful world of embroidery and learn how to create small, free-form embroidery pieces that are alive with colour and texture.
With instructions for 21 basic embroidery stitches and 6 projects, all in Laura’s signature colourful, whimsical style, you’ll transform a flat, plain surface into a joyful, design-packed art piece. Stitch on wool, felt or silk, and enjoy the simple pleasure of slow stitching.
- Begin with simple shapes and fill them with improvisational stitchery
- Change up the provided designs, swapping out colours and trying new stitch combinations, to create your own unique work
- Includes a gallery of display ideas, as well as additional ideas for using free-form stitching
Stitch 12 exquisite embroidery projects with original fauna and flora designs in a variety of threads and colours to create a 3D effect.
The book is filled with novel concepts in mixed-media embroidery and offers many interpretations and techniques, with striking examples of textured finishes. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful, commissioned photographs, it offers 12 colour themes to help embroiderers understand and play colour, along with inspiring projects to encourage them to produce their own creative work. Also included are an extensive stitch glossary and templates for the designs.
Previously published as Embroidered Flora & Fauna.$39.99
Be inspired all year round with the 12 stunning pieces selected from issues of Inspirations Magazine. This 12 month calendar features:
- 12 of the world’s most beautiful needlework projects that leap off the pages
- Dates for public holidays for Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and Canada
- Open measurement is 600 mm high by 300 mm wide
- Large format for adding important personal information i.e. birthdays, appointments
This book shows you how to do over 170 stitches comfortably and sensibly as a left-hander. With many helpful diagrams and photographs of carefully explained surface and counted thread stitches, this book will be your constant embroidery companion. There is no need to be frustrated as this stitch dictionary shows you the left way to do embroidery.
You will discover how easy it is to learn and master stitches when the instructions are written specifically for you. Also great for right handed embroidery teachers who will be able to see how left-handed students are stitching!$34.99
Choose from more than 100 original embroidery designs, hand-drawn with a modern take on retro style. Each pattern is printed on handy transfer paper-tear out the page, trim out the design, iron it down, and stitch away!
Learn 11 easy stitches plus techniques for adding texture, then embroider these charming images on keepsakes and gifts like a baby quilt, cushion covers, or cozies for jars and tissue boxes.
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Trish has selected beautiful flowers and interpreted them in her unique style to present a stunning collection of embroideries. Meticulous in detail, these flowers are brought to life by the use of carefully selected threads and an intuitive use of simple stitches.
Clear, step-by-step directions, full-size templates, colour photos cover all there is to know about long and short stitch embroidery for all levels.$39.99
From apples, anchors and alligators to zebras, zippers and zinnias, you'll love creating your own embroidery art from A to Z.Learn 10 basic embroidery stitches in minutes; then choose from more than 75 cute motifs to embroider, plus the entire alphabet in both capital and lowercase letters. Mix and match motifs and letters to create one-of-a-kind embroidery art!
Sneak in a few stitches during lunchtime, car time, game time – anytime. Embroider motifs onto bags, clothing, linens and more, or follow the easy instructions inside to display your embroidery. Projects are perfectly portable, so anyone can steal a few seconds to stitch no matter where they go!$34.99
So small, so sweet, so simple to complete! About all that's needed is a needle, thread, wool and a little lunch-hour time to make 14 cute and creative projects.
Seasonal and everyday designs include framed art, a pincushion and fun pieces to stitch and attach to ordinary items to make them extraordinary. Even beginners can easily appliqué these charming decor pieces – and complete each in a few lunch hours or less!$34.99
Drawing on material from her three previous books, Alison Holt shows you how to create beautiful machine-embroidered pictures of gardens, flowers, landscapes and woodlands using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches. All the techniques are broken down into clear, step-by-step instructions, with photographs and inspirational pieces.
Alison Holt 'paints' her threads on to hand-coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results. The raised effects of the embroidery produce a beautiful three-dimensional look and her clever use of perspective is effective and easily achieved.
Covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; achieving perspective; light and shade; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. Detailed instructions explain how to create realistic flowers, trees, foliage and much more, and there are eight stunning step-by-step projects so that you can put into practice your newly acquired skills.
This is a must-have instructional and inspirational book for anyone interested in free-motion embroidery.$46.99
Now in paperback!
Alison Holt shows you how to produce incredible seascapes using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches.
This is an inspirational book for artists, embroiderers and textile artists interested in learning about free-motion machine embroidery. It features:
- Detailed descriptions of how the author works and what inspires her
- Practical guidance on the basic techniques, stitches, materials and equipment
- Numerous examples of the author's exquisite work to excite and inspire you
- Five step-by-step projects to put your skills into practice and produce beautiful machine embroidered seascapes of your own
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Learn how to create stunning woodland pictures using various combinations of two simple machine stitches.
This book covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. Detailed instructions explain how to create realistic trees, foliage, flowers, woodland paths and much more.
The book concludes with four stunning projects based on the four seasons, and throughout there are many examples of Alison's original and delightful work. This is an interesting instructional and inspirational manual for anyone interested in learning about free-motion embroidery.$25.99
Slip into serenity through your stitches with this collection of 24 beautiful, meditative mandalas by Carina Envoldsen-Harris.
The book offers 12 large and 12 smaller mandalas to embroider, which Carina explains how to make through simple, beautiful stitch diagrams and keys. Only 10 stitches have been used to create all the mandalas, and each one is explained and accompanied by clear, step-by-step diagrams at the beginning of the book.
In addition, there are notes on what you need in your basic embroidery kit from fabrics through to needles and thread which means those new to embroidery can start their journey to mindfulness right away. With Carina's gentle guidance beginners can also learn how to display their creations in embroidery hoops, including the much-loved Dandelyne hoops which the 12 mini mandalas can fit inside perfectly.
If you are less confident about jumping straight into embroidery or are pressed for time, 24 corresponding black and white motifs can be found on transfer sheets at the back of the book, which you can iron onto your chosen fabric multiple times. There is also a final, mystical mandala template included for you to transfer, allowing you to test your new embroidery skills and develop your new-found creativity.
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Trish Burr presents endearing little paintings with all the detail and form of a larger piece. The designs are fresh and appealing, to depict the pretty, romantic illustrations typical of the Victorian and post-Victorian eras. Features include:
- A wide range of projects worthy of stitching
- Instructions on everything about long and short stitch and how to adapt it to fit different situations and projects
- Each project is accompanied by a detailed thread diagram which shows exactly which colour should be used and where
- A 'shopping list' of all the threads needed for each project
- Charts for equating Anchor and DMC colours
Incorporate folk art into your home in a contemporary way with this collection of stunning modern embroidery designs by leading designer, Nancy Nicholson. Nancy's distinctive style, which draws on Scandinavian and Eastern European motifs, perfectly captures the folk art trend and will appeal to stitchers of all ages and abilities.
This collection shows you how to use the designs to create beautiful and practical home decor items and accessories. The stitch techniques from Nancy's unique and comprehensive stitch library are extremely easy to follow whether you are an experienced stitcher or a newbie. There are also plenty of suggestions for creating your own designs if you are feeling inspired.$32.99
If you are just getting started with your embroidery machine, this book offers the know-how you need to embroider like a pro and create endless embroidery style.
Inside, you'll find detailed step-by-step instructions along with essential information about stabilizer, thread, fabric, hooping and more. You'll learn how to create fashionable appliqués and custom monograms, as well as amazing in-the-hoop embroidery projects that take full advantage of today's embroidery machine capabilities.
Plus, you can get creative with a DVD of 25 must-have embroidery downloads, including three in-the-hoop projects and a complete alphabet. All this, topped off with expert advice from author Lisa Archer, makes stitching professional-quality embroidery easy.$49.99$39.99
Silke Bosbach shows you how to create 15 stunning embroidery designs which blend modern techniques with the simple and traditional Japanese method of Sashiko.
Traditional Sashiko is a simple folk technique originally used for darning. While the conventional craft uses only a basic running stitch to create intricate patterned backgrounds, Silke Bosbach shows you how to adapt this basic style by applying modern surface finishes on numerous textiles and combining it with a variety of other techniques.
Explore the fascinating possibilities of these embroidery techniques yourself and be inspired to create your own unique combinations of the modern and traditional!
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The allure of an elegant monogram is irresistible and has timeless appeal. Contemporary applications illustrated in this book include cushions, napkins, bridal bag, towels, blankets and sheets. Any of the projects in this book can be adapted for different uses.
You will learn, in step-by-step photographs, how to produce the various forms of stitching, what materials to use and where to place a monogram. A range of alphabets from cross stitch to padded satin stitch are also supplied. This is a comprehensive guide that will appeal to both the beginner and experienced embroiderer.$44.99
Welcome to the wonderful world of stitched calligraphy.
Each letter is beautifully reproduced in watercolour, with clear instructions for transferring the designs on to fabric. The step-by-step demonstrations show you the basic techniques, accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams and close-up photography of the embroideries.
The book is highly versatile and can be used with many languages so there is no limit to the letters, words and projects that can be made. There are numerous gorgeous designs, including embroidered cards, plaques, boxes, journals, baby clothes and more, giving you a limitless scope for personalizing special gifts for babies, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and more. Packed with useful tips and ideas, this is book is the perfect companion for ribbon embroiderers of all abilities.
Previously published as Embroidered Alphabets.$39.99
This full colour, step-by-step guide includes over 600 clear diagrams and photographs of the basics and beyond of this historic embroidery technique.
Discover how to create the stitches, how to knit the characteristic fringes for the edge of your Mountmellick embroidery and pick up hints and tips you would normally learn in a class. Complete with 17 projects for your new skills!$34.99
Hazel Blomkamp has compiled over 40 key needle lace embroidery techniques in one handy and portable stitch book. She has devised a book which thoroughly outlines and breaks down the basic needle lace techniques you need to create beautiful embroidered pieces.
Each of the 40+ stitches is explained with a clear diagram and step-by-step instructions. All have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place a magnetic cross-stitch board underneath. You can then use the magnetic rulers that come with the board to mark the row that you are working on, making the instructions easier to follow. The book is wire-bound, allowing the pages to lie flat while you work, and the books notebook-size fits perfectly in a work bag for easy transportation while stitching on the go.
With all the stitches needed for needle lace hand embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource.
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This combines in book form fifteen embroidery projects from the numerous kits that Trish Burr has been providing by mail order for some years – a variety of embroideries featuring traditional flowers and two small, colourful and delightful South African birds, the little bee-eater and the racquet-tailed roller. Features include:
- Three levels, from complete beginner through to more intermediate and experienced
- Each level is carefully designed to take you onto the next stage
- Introduction to long and short stitch and variations – basic, curved, different shapes and feathers
- Thread listings
- Step-by-step photographs
- Clear illustrations
- And More!
Working from numerous traditional loom weaving graphs and patterns, Hazel Blomkamp has updated, modified and documented 42 techniques, providing you with the basic weaving methods needed to create stunning embroidered pieces.
Beginning with general information and tips on the weaving technique, she then dives straight into the stitches, which are broken down into detailed, helpful steps. Each weaving pattern is accompanied by a clear diagram and at least one photographed example of one of Hazel's beautiful woven pieces, giving you that extra visual reference as you work.
All the stitches have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place your magnetic cross-stitch board underneath. You can then use the magnetic rulers that come with the board to mark the row that you are working on, making the instructions easier to follow. The spine is wire-bound, allowing the pages to lie flat while you work, and the books notebook-size fits perfectly in a work bag for easy transportation while stitching on the go.
With all the stitches needed for needle weaving embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource.
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Australian textile artist Meredith Woolnough creates replicas of nature using a delicate system of tiny stitches. Her artwork is breathtaking, and now for the first time Woolnough offers crafters and fibre artists a lesson in how to use the “organic embroidery” technique.
Look behind the scenes of her art process, from the initial fieldwork sketching and research that inspires her designs, to the production of her ethereal embroidered sculptures. She guides you through 12 creativity-prompting activities to help you begin your own mastery of this method.
As you learn to find your desired shape or pattern in nature, from sources like leaves, shells or coral, you will then use your sewing machine to turn it into openwork art. Her instructions offer simple but highly versatile techniques, and allow you space for your own creative approach. The book includes dozens of inspirational photos of Woolnough’s own art pieces.$42.99